Water Polo Hosts Hawaii in MPSF Opener

    San Jose State and Hawaii, two nationally-ranked women’s water polo teams, face each other in the Spartans’ 2009 home and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference opener, Wednesday, February 4. Match time at the Aquatics Center is 4:00 p.m. (PST).

    The Spartans (5-2), ranked tenth nationally, won three out of four matches at the recently completed Nor-Cal Open at Santa Clara University. Hawaii (4-0), ranked fourth, opened its season at the Nor-Cal Open without a loss.

    “Hawaii is a very good international team. They have nine players from different countries. They are a very disciplined team and have some tremendous outside shooters,” says San Jose State head coach Lou Tully. “We need to protect the ball, be careful with the ball and have complete possessions. We do have the players to play with them.”

    Hawaii is averaging 15.5 goals per game. San Jose State is averaging 12.6 per match. Dani Curran (17), Juliet Moss (16), Bridget McKee (13) and Tanya Torres (12) already have scored more than 10 goals each this season.

    There is no admission charge to watch the Spartans take on the Rainbow Wahine at the Aquatics Center.

    Following the Hawaii match, San Jose State will be one of eight teams competing in the Stanford Invitational, Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8. The Spartans open play on February 7 against top-ranked UCLA, at 10:20 a.m. (PST) in Belardi Pool and take on a USA touring team in a 7:00 p.m. exhibition match in Avery Stadium. San Jose State and Hawaii face off in a non-conference contest, Sunday, February 8, at 9:10 a.m. in Avery Pool and will conclude action competition that afternoon starting at 12:45 p.m. (PST) in one of four matches to determine first through eighth place.